Gymnastics Program for Blind and Vision Impaired Children


Essendon Keilor Gymnastics Academy has been running a Blind Sports Gymnastics Program since late 2011. This program is offered to school aged children and the classes are suitable for absolute beginners, with no prior experience or exposure to Gymnastics.

Some of the greatest benefits of gymnastics include coordination, power, strength, flexibility, balance, grace and most importantly injury preventing core stability and agility. Gymnastics teaches children perseverance, poise, confidence, attention to detail and concentration. So whether your child is a future Gymnast or goes on to be a Runner, Goal Ball player or Soccer star; a sound gymnastics education is essential for their development.

Essendon Keilor Gymnastics Academy has purchased extra equipment, specifically to assist teaching children with a vision impairment. Some of the equipment includes items that make sounds when stood on, props with texture, balls with bells etc.

Coaches from Essendon Keilor Gymnastics Academy will deliver the program, assisted by our Senior Gymnasts and Junior Coaches. This will allow us to offer one on one assistance for the participants. Our Coaches have received sighted guide training to ensure they are ready to not only teach gymnastics, but to work with children who are blind or vision Impaired.

All Staff and volunteers have a working with Children’s Check. Our Coaches are accredited through Gymnastics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission.

When Is the Activity Held?

Weekly: Friday evenings


Essendon Keilor Gymnastics Centre, 194 Roberts Road, Airport West 3042

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Contact Person and Telephone Number:

Christy Hemphill, Essendon Keilor Gymnastics Academy – 9336 4077

Susan Marshall, Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria – 9822 8876

Cost: $175 for a 10 week term